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Jack Whitehall to Play Gay Character in 'Jungle Cruise,' Disney Faces Backlash for Casting Straight Actor

Jack Whitehall has been cast in the upcoming Disney movie Jungle Cruise and he reportedly will be playing the first openly gay character in one of the studio’s movies.

The 30-year-old British actor was previously seen in the movie Mother’s Day and he will be featured in the upcoming Disney film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.

People are upset about Jack‘s casting as he is a straight actor playing a groundbreaking gay role.

Openly gay actor Mario Cantone is among those speaking out about the casting. He tweeted, “How about an openly gay actor/comedian playing the first openly gay ‘very Camp’ character in a Disney film. Baby steps I guess. F–K BABY STEPS. THIS IS BULLSH-T.”

Liu Yifei in 'Mulan' Live-Action Movie - First Look Photo Revealed!

Production has begun on the upcoming live-action version of the Disney movie Mulan and the studio has shared the first photo of actress Liu Yifei in costume as the title character.

The film will be shooting on location in New Zealand and China.

Mulan is the epic adventure of a fearless young woman who masquerades as a man in order to fight Northern Invaders attacking China. The eldest daughter of an honored warrior, Hua Mulan is spirited, determined and quick on her feet. When the Emperor issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army, she steps in to take the place of her ailing father as Hua Jun, becoming one of China’s greatest warriors ever.

Among the other stars in the film are Donnie Yen as Commander Tung, Jet Li as the emperor of China, and Gong Li as a villainous witch.

Mulan, directed by Niki Caro, will be released on March 27, 2020.

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Disney Reveals First Look at 'Kim Possible' Live-Action Movie!

A live-action version of Kim Possible is in the works for an upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie and here is your first look at actress Sadie Stanley playing the title character!

The movie will debut on Disney Channel in 2019 and it’s based on the global-hit animated series about an everyday high school girl who, in her spare time, saves the world from villains.

Sean Giambrone will be playing Kim Possible’s loyal best friend Ron Stoppable and Alyson Hannigan is playing brain surgeon Dr. Ann Possible (AKA Mom Possible).

Christy Carlson Romano voiced the role in the animated series.

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'AGT' Winner Grace VanderWaal Cast in Disney's 'Stargirl' Movie

Grace VanderWaal will launch her acting career with the upcoming Disney movie Stargirl, which will be one of the first movies to premiere on the studio’s future streaming service.

The 14-year-old singer won the 2016 season of America’s Got Talent and she is currently on tour with Imagine Dragons.

Stargirl is based on the book of the same name by Jerry Spinelli and just like Grace, her character plays the ukulele.

“I knew she was Stargirl almost immediately,” director Julia Hart said in a statement to Deadline. “The world knows what a talented performer she is, and I cannot wait for everyone to see just how many sides there are to this special and magical young woman.”

Stargirl will begin production this September in Albuquerque.

Disney & Marvel Announce All Movie Release Dates Through 2019!

Disney and Marvel just announced the released dates for some of their most highly anticipated upcoming movies!

During their presentation at 2018 CinemaCon on Thursday (April 26) in Las Vegas, the joint studios unveiled the entire release slate of their films all the way through the end of 2019.

Some of the films on the schedule include Star Wars: Episode IX, Toy Story 4, and the live-action Aladdin.

Several movies missing from the list include the live-action Mulan and Black Panther sequel, meaning we’re going to have to wait until at least 2020 for those films!

Find out all of the release dates inside!More Here! »